September 18, 2019
Stoptober is approaching ever so fast and I would love to help you to stop smoking.
FREE Initial Consultation for you.
There are 3 areas that MUST be addressed to successfully stop smoking;
- Nicotine addiction
- Psychological addiction
- Obsessive behaviours
This means that if you use anything with nicotine (Vaping, patches, gum etc.) you are still topping up the addictive substance and are less likely to stop smoking completely, smoking isn’t just about taking smoke into the lungs, it is about patterns and behaviours around smoking.
Even if you are using a Vape/E-cigarette without nicotine you are still feeding the psychological habit and it is dictating that you haven’t stopped smoking and therefore is predicting what will happen in the future. If you are really finding it hard to quit and are 100% dedicated to putting those cigarettes down for good, then Email me today.
- Save money (around £3000 a year)
- Become healthier
- Breathe easier
- Improve fertility
- Increase sexual performance (I know right, its true)
- Have younger looking skin
- Have whiter teeth
- Have a longer Life
- Smell better
- Have less stress
- Have more energy
- Have healthier loved ones
(Your children are less likely to smoke if you don’t)
A combination of Hypnotherapy, Psychotherapy and a touch of my magic process, you can become smoke FREE and have clean fresh air in your lungs once again.
I will be there to support you, give your coping techniques and plenty of tips and include a stop smoking MP3 hypnosis audio.
I offer a Free Initial Consultation, so, If you would like to be healthier person and to finally give up the “fags” then please do get in touch and I will send you my practice leaflet to help you stop smoking for good!
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August 21, 2019
What is Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome ?
Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome (GTPS) is a chronic condition potentially affecting a number of structures around the hip. It is characterised by pain and tenderness over the outside of the buttock and thigh. The pain usually arises from a tendinopathy (tendon injury) in the gluteal muscles. Previously it was thought that the pain was caused by inflammation of a bursa; known as trochanteric bursitis (a bursa is a fluid filled sac which reduces friction between bone and soft tissue). However, recent studies have shown that injury to the gluteal tendons is often the cause of pain.1,2
Who does Great Trochanteric Pain Syndrom Effect?
GTPS has been reported to affect between 10 and 25% of the population with a greater prevalence amongst women.
What causes GTPS?
There are a number of possible causes for GTPS, these include:
- Trauma e.g. a fall onto the hip or contact sports
- Overuse of the muscles e.g. repetitive movements such as running/walking
- Standing with weight on one leg for long periods
- Ongoing lower back pain
How does it manifest itself?
GTPS tends to come on quite gradually and usually manifests itself as pain over the lateral part of the hip. Over time the symptoms can build up to the point where it becomes painful to walk, run or climb stairs. It can also interfere with sleep as it may become uncomfortable to lie on the affected side.
How is GTPS diagnosed?
GTPS is normally diagnosed by your osteopath or physiotherapist in the clinic but, on rare occasions, MRI or ultrasound scans may be required.
What are the treatment options?
Treatment of GTPS is aimed at reducing/eliminating the pain and restoring full function. Treatment options include ice, rest, anti-inflammatory medications, stretching, strengthening and flexibility exercises. Your therapist can advise on the appropriate course of action. If symptoms persist despite conservative treatment it is possible to alleviate the pain by using steroid injections, surgery or Shockwave Therapy.
Shockwave Therapy has been shown to be more effective in the long-term than steroid injections with a 74% success rate for Shockwave Therapy fifteen months after treatment as opposed to 48% for steroid injections.3 Shockwave Therapy involves delivering acoustic shockwaves to the injured tissues to provide rapid pain relief and stimulate a healing reaction. Most patients require between 3 and 6 treatments over a 12 week period alongside a bespoke exercise programme to experience a significant improvement in their symptoms although pain relief can occur almost immediately after the first session.
1 Klauser AS, Martinoli C, Tagliafico A, et al (2013). Greater trochanteric pain syndrome. Seminars in Musculoskeletal Radiology, 17(1).
2 Reid, Diane. The Management of Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome: A Systematic Literature Review. Journal of Orthopaedics 13.1 (2016): 15–28. PMC. Web. 20 Mar. 2018.
3 Rompe JD, Segal NA, Cacchio A, Furia JP, Morral A, Maffulli N. Home training, local corticosteroid injection, or radial shock wave therapy or greater trochanter pain syndrome. Am J Sports Med. 2009 Oct;37(10):1981-90. doi: 10.1177/0363546509334374. Epub 2009 May 13.
August 14, 2019
Blisters – causes, prevention and treatment
What causes blisters?
Blisters are caused by shearing stress of the skin and can be painful or even dangerous so should not be ignored.
How to prevent them
If you know you are prone to blistering in a certain area of your foot you should at least tape the area to help reduce shearing forces and prevent blistering before it starts.
What to look for
A sign that a blister is about to form is sometimes referred to as a ‘hot spot’ and immediate action should be taken to prevent it developing into a blister. Strategies that offload the painful area will help prevent any deterioration and include felt ‘donut pads’, gel toe caps and even offloading materials added to your trainers.
Don’t pop a blister
When a blister has already formed “popping” should be avoided as once the seal is broken bacteria can get in and cause infection. Even if the blister has “popped” the roof should be left in place. Ideally the area should be cleaned with antiseptic and a sterile dressing applied with offloading and taped in place.
Where the roof of the blister has come away hydrocolloid dressings such as Compeed should be used.
Signs of infection and what to do if you spot them
Always look out for signs of infection i.e. increased pain, Redness, heat (local to blister or spreading) and swelling. If you have some or all of these see a healthcare professional for advice.
If you have any concerns about your feet contact us on 0118 930 3535 to make an appointment with one of our podiatrists.
July 30, 2019
Golfers Elbow (medial epicondylitis)
What is a Golfers Elbow?
Golfers elbow is normally identified with pain on the inside of the elbow whereas tennis elbow is often pain on the outside of the elbow.
This condition happens when the muscles are overused and is usually caused by repeated stress on the elbow joint.
Although the common name is golfers elbow and it could be caused by golf, it is more often associated with other activities that places stress on the arm and specifically the elbow joint. Activities might include, sports that involve the hands gripping things such as a weights or clubs/rackets and also manual handling perhaps plumbers, builders or construction workers.
How does a Golfers Elbow feel and who may be affected?
- Initially you might feel pain on the inside of your elbow
- You may also feel pain that extends from the elbow down the inside of the forearm
- Your elbow could become stiff
- You may feel pain when you are gripping things such as a golf club
- It could be that you have weakness in your wrist and hands
- You may also have ‘pins & needles’ or numbness in your fingers
It is most commonly seen, equally in men and women, who are over 40 years old. Individuals who are putting a strain on their elbows for 2 plus hours per day. Smoking and obesity can also cause a higher risk of developing this condition
What treatments are available for golfers elbow?
There are a number of treatment options from manipulation and or exercises to injections and even surgery. One of the newest treatments available is shockwave therapy.
It is clinically proven that pressure waves, when applied to injured tissues, stimulate metabolic reactions, in less technical terms it encourages the body to heal itself. These reactions include: –
- Reduction of pain felt by nerve fibers
- Increased blood circulation in surrounding soft tissues
- Beginning of healing process triggered by stem cells activation
Who can help me?
If you are having elbow/arm pain – call us – we offer a free 15-minute consultation in person or via phone – our receptionists can make you an appointment to talk to one of our senior therapists. More information is available via this link https://www.thealewellbeingcentre.co.uk/our-therapies/ems-shockwave-therapy/
July 12, 2019
Shiatsu massage (also known as Acupressure Massage) is a dynamic hands-on healing system, originating in Japan, which uses the power of touch, pressure and gentle stretching techniques to balance the body’s energy system, our emotions and the functions of our internal organs. Based on Oriental Medicine Theory (like acupuncture), this massage can help in a wide range of conditions – from specific injuries to more general symptoms of poor health. It is a deeply relaxing, yet invigorating therapy and regular sessions can help to prevent the build up of stress in our daily lives. It is a lovely nourishing therapy to have during pregnancy and can be performed in side-lying position. Many of the stretching techniques employed are very similar to Thai yoga
Our Shiatsu Massage Therapist, Fiona, has been practising shiatsu for more than 13 years after completing 3 years training with the European Shiatsu School and has been fully accredited by the UK Shiatsu Society. In this interview by the Shiatsu Society you will find out more about Fiona, what made her choose Shiatsu and her plans for the future.
July 8, 2019
Working from our temporary premises
We have had our first week in our temporary premises and barring a few technical issues everything seems to be running as near normal as possible.
Its a little strange not having a reception area of our own and our staff are certainly getting fitter in the Regus building moving between the rooms (on 2 floors) and general reception. Their aim is to meet and greet patients as they arrive, take payment and direct them to the therapist room. We have devised a system of a mobile office as we have no fixed base for our support team within the Regus building.
The rooms in the Regus building have worked really well for the therapist and the patients and as you can see it is a lovely place to work.
The room at For Health Chiropractic is also fully operational and our podiatry team have been very busy seeing their patients.
If you have an appointment during July here is a reminder of the temporary premises:
Our podiatry team will generally be working out of For Health Chiropractic who are located at Unit 2, The Old Mill, 61 Reading Road, Pangbourne, RG8 7HY.
Our other therapists are working out of the Regus Building, 1210 Parkview, Arlington Business Park, Theale RG7 4TY. Please note that if there is no parking directly outside there are two multi storey carparks if you follow the road round passed the building.
For patients with appointments in July, as well as the reminder text message you will also receive a telephone call reminding you of the venue where your treatment will take place.
If you have any queries at all call us on 0118 930 3535 and we will be happy to help.
June 11, 2019
Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
What is a Tennis Elbow?
Tennis elbow is normally identified with pain on the outside of the elbow whereas Golfers elbow is often pain on the inside of the elbow.
This condition is an overuse injury caused by repeated stress on the elbow joint. When the muscles are overused or strained small tears and swelling (inflammation) can develop near the bend in the arm on the outside of your elbow.
Although the common name is tennis elbow and it could be caused by tennis, it is more often associated with other activities that place stress on the arm and specifically the elbow joint. Activities could include manual work, playing sport or music, so doing things such as painting and decorating, playing squash or playing a musical instrument such as a fiddle or violin.
How does a Tennis Elbow feel and who may be affected?
- Initially you might feel pain in your upper forearm
- It could be painful when you are lifting, twisting or bending your arm
- You may feel pain when you are gripping things such as a racket
- It could be that you also find it difficult to straighten your arm
According to the NHS around 5 in every 1,000 people will go to see their Doctor about this condition and that as many as one in three people have it at any given time.
It is most commonly seen, equally in men and women, who are between 40 and 60 years old.
What treatments are available for tennis elbow?
There are a number of treatment options from manipulation to injections and even surgery. One of the newest treatments available is shockwave therapy.
It is clinically proven that pressure waves, when applied to injured tissues, stimulate metabolic reactions, in less technical terms it encourages the body to heal itself. These reactions include:-
- Reduction of pain felt by nerve fibers
- Increased blood circulation in surrounding soft tissues
- Beginning of healing process triggered by stem cells activation
Who can help me?
If you are having elbow/arm pain – call us – we offer a free 15 minute consultation in person or via phone – our receptionists can make you an appointment to talk to me. More information is available via this link
June 3, 2019
Toenails Reconstruction Service
Our podiatry team provide Toenails Reconstruction Service using a technique that involves the application of Wilde Pedique UV gel.
This gel is specially designed for toenails, it is an elastic gel resin which bonds well with the existing nail and also contains micro silver which has anti-fungal properties. It can be used to disguise nail discolouration, deformity or splitting caused by damage or fungal infection.
The finished gel nail is light, flexible and long lasting. It can be left natural or painted with nail varnish.
Some recent images of before and after treatment:-
Ideal if you are going on holiday, wearing open toed shoes for a special occasion or just want your feet to look good. Don’t hide your feet away get some treatment that will make your feet look beautiful and give you more confidence in the summer months.
If you do suffer from a fungal nail infection – follow this link for information on the Clearanail treatment we provide.
Call our reception team to book an appointment for an initial consultation.
Our podiatry team are looking forward to welcoming you and making your feet look and feel great.
May 30, 2019
New temporary location for treatments in July
As many of you know our beautiful old Georgian building has been suffering from the effects of persistent damp. We now have a remedy (hoorah!) but the work is extensive and will initially be noisy and very dirty. The building specialists start in July, so for this first part of the remedial work, which will last around a month, we are working from temporary locations. Our podiatry team will be working with our friends at For Health Chiropractic who are located at Unit 2, The Old Mill, 61 Reading Road, Pangbourne, RG8 7HY. For most of the rest of our therapists we have taken rooms at Regus, 1210 Parkview, Arlington Business Park, Theale RG7 4TY. Both locations have ample parking. Book your appointments as normal and we will remind you of the venue when we confirm your appointment.
Book your therapy appointments as normal (via email or calling 0118 930 3535) and we will remind you of the venue when we confirm your appointment.
There will be some disruption in August but we will be working from our usual premises albeit in a slightly different way – we hope that the autumn will see a shiny new downstairs. Our team are, as usual, looking forward to welcoming you whether it be in Pangbourne or Theale.
Call us on 0118 930 3535 if you need any information about this or to book your therapy appointment.
May 20, 2019
The Benefits of Massage
Massage is one of the oldest known therapies, originating in China, India and Egypt thought to date as far back as 3000BC. These ancient civilisations understood the health benefits of physical therapy.
This recent BBC programme explores the health benefits of this physical therapy and puts some measure to how it can not only make you feel good but how it can actually help with a wide range of health conditions beyond muscular pain.
Here at Theale Wellbeing Centre we have a wide variety of massage therapists. These include:
The benefits that sports massage especially for athletes on the body are immense. Massaging will stretch and manipulate muscles and this will increase nutrients and blood flow to the area, whilst efficiently removing waste and lactic acid from the muscles. Also, any postural imbalances due to tight or short muscles will be addressed using massage.
Shiatsu (Japanese Acupressure Massage)
Shiatsu is a dynamic hands-on healing system, originating in Japan, which uses the power of touch, pressure and gentle stretching techniques to balance the body’s energy system, our emotions and the functions of our internal organs
This is a therapy that addresses both the body and the mind. It provides a non-demanding, nurturing space that meets a person’s body whatever level/symptoms of stress it is experiencing. This therapy puts no expectations on the body, instead it is an invitation to increase your understanding of what your body is communicating through your symptoms, supporting it to gradually re-establish the normal self-regulation and natural healing capacity we all possess. It encourages curiosity towards symptoms rather than judgement of.
Reflexology is a Complementary Therapy that works on the feet allowing the body to heal itself. Following illness, stress, injury or disease, it is in a state of “imbalance”, and vital energy pathways are blocked, preventing the body from functioning effectively. Reflexology can be used to restore and maintain the body’s natural balance and encourage healing.
Book your appointment today
Call our reception team on 0118 930 3535 to book an appointment with one of our therapists – if you’re not sure which one would work for you then book a free 15 min consultation with a senior therapist who will advice you. To find out more about our team of massage therapists look at ‘Our Team‘ page.